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Reviews 341 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Overall I really enjoy going here. It's a little too isolated which makes it hard to find things to do, but the amazing academics make up for it.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I like living on campus a lot but I wish things were a little more regulated.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love the academics and the small classes. It allows students to form quality relationships with their teachers. I've only gone here one semester, and I've already been to one of my professor's houses!

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Grinnell does a pretty good job of this, mostly due to the students' own concern with the issue. We demand accessible and concerned resources. For this reason, the groups that employ students, such as the Advocates or Peer Support group, are much better than those offered by the school. Recently though the school has started to improve its resources by hiring more counselors and generally trying to make aid easier to find.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The class size was and has been one of my favorite aspects of the school. It allows you to get closer with the brilliant professors and spend more time with your fellow students. All the classes I have taken so far had a large emphasis on discussion, which is also a must.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The CLS, from the few times that I have been there, has been extremely helpful. With help in polishing a resume or cover letter to finding resources that can put you in touch with alumni in your field, the CLS is great! They are accessible and the closeness of the community, like with the Externship program and alumni events, make me feel a wee bit less stressed about my future.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It all depends on what you are looking for and what you are willing to put up with. I cannot speak for North or East campus or off-campus housing because Main Hall has been my home for these two years. The South community is great and the closeness to the academic buildings is great.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My school has so many opportunities for students to get involved in clubs and student-run groups, and the opportunities remain for research side-by-side with professors. They are very accessible and are always willing to help. Part of this comes from the small student body, but other resources, like the chaplain, study-abroad office, and the Center for Careers, Life, and Service will help any student, at any time, with looking for work or research in their field.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Grinnell is a school that advocates for self-gov. This means that you are responsible for the outcome of your actions, and how that may affect others. Because of this, crime and theft is very low on campus. There have only been a few instances in which this has occurred, and the group of students who stole were quickly apprehended. Campus security is always available, and do their best to personally connect with the students. If it is a party night and you feel unsafe walking around on campus, you can call for a campus security escort at no cost. The campus is focused on safety at all times, and police and upperclassmen student safety workers are always on hand at campus parties and other events to ensure the safety of all students.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The professors really care about their students, and strive to ensure that they are as successful as possible. Especially with first-year students, professors do their best to make sure that they know all about the college, outside community, and academic expectations. The coursework is very difficult. I took IB classes in high school, and my senior year HL classes were on par with the level expected for incoming first-year students. Though the coursework is demanding, the environment is accommodating. For example, many students stay up late into the night to do work, but they do so in groups with trips to the Grille for food and coffee. The professors are willing to discuss any problems you are running into, especially around assignment scheduling. Their focus is on your work quality over quantity, so due dates are often negotiable if you find yourself stuck in a hectic schedule. The work load ebbs and flows, with a few key weeks known as Hell Weeks sprinkled in. While these weeks are challenging for all, the campus hosts events such as 1am pancakes and Puppies and Pancakes for stress relief and study breaks. The classes are very small, with the average being 15 or less students. This makes classes great for discussion. The reading load in many classes is heavy, and the expectation is that you not only read the material, but synthesize and analyze it. This is challenging for many students, but the Reading Lab and Writing Lab are always there for support.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The alumni network at Grinnell is stunning. Alumni care for current students more than at any other university or college I visited. The CLS (Center for Careers, Life, and Service) is a wonderful resource for making connections with alumni and important organizations for internships and externships. Opportunities are available to all students, and there is no time that is too early to start planning for post grad study or job prospects. The staff are wonderful at answering all questions as well.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus housing creates a long-lasting community built on support. One of the great things about Grinnell is the fact that residence halls include all class levels. On my floor, for example, we have members of all class levels and we are all friends. This creates a mixed campus environment that is inclusive of everyone.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletic facility is great for athletes and non-athletes alike. There is no competition between the two groups, and the atmosphere makes everyone feel welcome.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Grinnell is a wonderful place, and the perfect fit

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: It was a great experience, but it requires that you are self-motivated. I thought I was at first and it was a hard wake up call. You will be beaten, but you will come out better for it.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: The student body is very inclusive and open as every event is free and open to everyone on campus. What's great is that the entire student body chooses to be in Grinnell, which is truly what makes our community special. We don't have a Greek system, but we have over 500 events each year, including speakers, parties, performances, and bands, and over 200+ clubs and organizations. You only need one other person who is interested to start your own club or group, if we don't have it and you can get funding from our Student Government Association.

8 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Athletics: North Campus seems to be where sports people live.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: High St is where its at. Off-campus housing options are typically reserved for seniors. This is where the parties are and their is an unspoken understanding that if you live off campus, you should throw at least one party a year.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Prairie Canary is the high end place in town and has really good food and drinks although it is pretty pricey for the area. Saturday and Sunday mornings you can usually find a good amount of Grinnell students mixed in with the church goers at A&M and Frontier Cafe, two little diners in town. Relish also has good food but is pricey.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Sexual assault has been a hot button topic on campus lately, in joining with the ongoing national conversation. The administration's role in handling cases has been questioned. Other than that, the administration is generally good at upholding Grinnell's core values. They rely heavily on self-governance to guide student behaviors and activities.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Repetitive at times and with limited options. Other than that, people know how to have a good time and after busting their tails at homework all week, almost everyone seems to want to let loose.Most weekends have something going on. Concerts are the best part of Grinnell's nightlife, especially when high street throws a banger afterwards

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Grinnell has consistently wowwed me with my financial aid package. I've received an awesome education from an institution I wouldn't have been able to afford otherwise with very little accompanying debt.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The grill has good food and good coffee for when you're in a hurry or don't want to go to the dining hall alone. There are a few student run food delivery services that have really taken campus by storm in the past year like Golden Dick and Fill a Dilla. Bob's has awesome pizza bagels. North really only has the JRC.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus housing is your best option at Grinnell and is also required for at least the first 3 years except in the case of certain circumstances. Floor communities are generally really well cultivated and I've had great friends who've lived next to me. There's always a good mix of class years on the various floors. South Campus is where you'll find more parties and more drug use, North Campus is where athletes and more frat style parties go on, and East Campus is the quietest. I've lived on South all my years at Grinnell and loved it.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The houses are usually cheap. They're popular with upperclassmen. People generally have an easy time getting houses. They're also relatively close to the school, within a mile.

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A vast majority of students loves Grinnell. They love the challenge they get from their academics and their peers, and they love the amount of freedom that the administration gives them (mostly through self-governance). Some students would say that they learn more from discussions amongst peers than classes. Grinnell students are free to learn and grow into responsible, conscientious adults, and the students are thankful that the school they’ve chosen gives them the opportunity to thrive. Some students can’t even imagine what it would be like if they’d ended up somewhere else.

Yeah, Grinnell students complain sometimes about the things that aren’t available to them that would be at their disposal at a larger, city school. They gripe about excess construction, bogus administration policies, and the things that fellow Grinnellians do that just plain bug everyone. Overall, though, most of the students are happy with the decisions they’ve made and the direction they’re going in their lives. A lot of students have the Grinnell faculty, students, and townspeople to thank for that. Although living in rural Iowa does take some getting used to (especially if you’re from out of state), most students don’t mind making Grinnell their home for four years. Despite the schizophrenic weather, lackluster athletic program, and the immature townies, many students have taken comfort in the fact that it’s “just us” amongst the cornstalks. When a Grinnell graduate thinks back upon his or her Grinnell experience and all the fond memories that come along with it, everything else seems like small potatoes.

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